JDT’s AFC Cup opponent Ayeyawady face match-fixing investigation

Myanmar’s Ayeyawady United are facing a domestic inquiry following a match-fixing complaint by an anonymous club official that stated a belief several of the club’s matches had been fixed, including an as-yet unnamed AFC Cup tie.

Reports in Myanmar are emerging of a widespread investigation into Ayeyawady after a club official lodged a complaint with the Myanmar National League (MNL) organising committee, alleging a club administration official and several players had fixed football matches this year.

The Myanmar Times reported the matter was still in its initial stages and the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) is yet to receive an official notification of the matter.

If the allegations are revealed to be true, we will take action and impose bans on those responsible

- Myanmar Football Association

“At this moment, we have yet to receive an official notification on the case. If the allegations are revealed to be true, we will take action and impose bans on those responsible,” MFF director U Soe Moe told The Myanmar Times.

Earlier the whistleblower told Myanmar Special: “Match-fixing fraud was planned by a member of the club, as well as some players. I informed the league organising committee and submitted a report.” He also alleged an AFC Cup tie was among the matches fixed.

Ayeyawady finished third in Group H with only two wins (both against Lao Toyota) in this year’s AFC Cup.

The Delta Boys lost the other four matches, two of which were high scoring games. Ayeyawady lost 8-1 to defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) on the opening day in February and 5-3 to Bengaluru in India in April, conceding two goals in the final 10 minutes having drawn level from two goals down just minutes earlier.

This is the first time I’m hearing about it. I watched the game and had no inkling whatsoever the match could be fixed

- Alistair Edwards

The news caught JDT sporting director Alistair Edwards by surprise, but the former Australian international insisted he has no suspicion the Southern Tigers’ big win was tainted.

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“I’m surprised … this is the first time I’m hearing about it. I watched the game and had no inkling whatsoever that there was a possibility the match could be fixed,” Edwards told FourFourTwo.

“At the time, we were undefeated and on fire. Juan Martin Lucero, Jorge Pereyra Diaz and Safiq Rahim were all on fire and we recorded some big results in the AFC Cup, so that win was not one-off.”

The Myanmar Times reported that Ayeyawady were also conducting an internal investigation and have promised to report their findings to the MNL organising committee.